Sales for green food coloring are about to surge as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. If you’re planning on celebrating the Irish holiday, known for its emerald theme, the restaurants, bars, and parties you attend may offer food and drink with green food dye. Most bars will offer the popular option of green beer as desserts with green icing will be served at social gatherings. If that’s the situation, green teeth are inevitable.
In order to avoid this, you’ll want to steer clear of all things green but you don’t want to stray from the social events all together. Here are three ways to prevent green teeth on St. Patrick’s Day:
- AVOID THE GREEN BEER: Requesting beer without food dye is actually possible. Green beer is only offered by request in most situations. If you still want to celebrate the Irish way, stick with an Irish beer like Guinness.
- SKIP THE ICING: Try to avoid desserts like cake and cupcakes that have green icing. This will show up worse on your teeth than just drinking it as it will stain in between your teeth. Eggs will be dyed green as well as ice cream, so watch out for foods that may not look natural in color.
- TAKE A TOOTHBRUSH: If you decide to participate in the green ritual, all is well. The green stains gathered from the food coloring can easily be removed with a brushing and whitening toothpaste. Your best option is to brush shortly after the consumption of the food to prevent tooth staining. However, if you don’t want to carry a toothbrush with you or physically don’t have anywhere to put it, brushing your teeth before bed will suffice. Your goal here is to not show up to work the next day with a green smile.
For additional information schedule an appointment with Dr Silva today. He can provide helpful tips on how to avoid teeth staining. Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.